As expected, the opening of year 2012 on Japanese Twitter was a full stream of new year’s greetings. After entering into 2012, Twitter, both site and API, went down by heavy load.
According to an unofficial Twitter traffic counting service TweetCounter showed that the peak tweets at the midnight January 1, 2012 in Japan Standard Time was 16,197 tweets per second.
The same TweetCounter counted 14,594 tweets when Japanese made the latest official record on an anime movie “Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa”(“Castle in the Sky” in US) , which was authorized as the record by Twitter official 5 days later. The official number was 25,088 tweets per second.